Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Indianapolis until Thanksgiving, then back to Portland, Oregon
2004 SE Swap Project on the table
Will add pictures as they become available...
So, last year when I left Portland, Oregon for work in Indianapolis, I left two 02+ 3.5 engines in my garage. One has 69k and the other 41k.
A couple of weeks ago I listened to a message left by a friend in Portland and he said that another friend had a line on an 04 Trep with a bad 2.7 and 64k. Very good condition inside and out.
The addiction is so bad that I actually came up with a plan to fly from Indy to Portland, swap the engine and drive back, only missing two days in my cubicle (at the office).
The car was verified to be in good condition inside and out and has just under 64k. It was towed to my house (in Portland) yesterday.
I’ve already purchased a bunch of stuff from Rock Auto and shipped it to Portland. I spent the weekend in the wrecking yard picking up other swap parts like throttle cables and so on. I still need to order some stuff from mopar-wholesale.com.
It will have: fresh oil and filter, plugs, air filter, camshaft and crankshaft sensors, TB/WP kit(including tensioner and idler pulley), ac belt and idler, alternator belt and idler, inner tie rod bushings (easy to do with the engine out), upper rad hose, lower rad hose, thermostat, heater hoses, pcv valve, power steering fluid, tranny fluid, differential fluid, tranny lines, remove, inspect and clean the output speed sensor.
From the wrecking yard: Throttle and cruise cables, motor mounts, power steering reservoir, hold down bracket and hoses, AC hoses, 03 3.5L intake including sensor and 03 3.5L PCM.
I’m pretty sure I have everything else in Portland but I’m having the tenants take pictures of the engine just to be sure.
Side note: AND I was totally stoked to find and install steering wheel stereo controls for my 03 SXT! I’ve been waiting since March to find a set.
I just purchased a one-way ticket for Wednesday, December 5th.
The plan is to arrive Wednesday morning and leave Friday night or Saturday morning and be back in my cubicle Monday morning.
I realize the entire plan is totally nuts but I keep telling myself that putting that 3.5 back to work is a good way to clean out the garage and a much better use of my time than sitting here in this cubicle. (Although, I have to admit, cubicle time does pay the never ending flow of bills )
I will update with photos once the project is back in Indy.
Last edited by tgs; 11-26-2012 at 01:57 PM.